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Barry Fyke

Position: Music, Band, Orchestra Teacher
School: International Technology Academy
School District: Pontiac School District
City, State: Pontiac, MI

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Barry Fyke was nominated by Jillian Sisko, a member of the community.

Mr. Fyke changes the lives of everyone he meets. He has dedicated the last 28 years to making a difference in the lives of his students by leading them in band, orchestra, and choir. He helps his students progress from having no musical knowledge to being top-notch high school musicians.

Along with teaching students throughout the day, Mr. Fyke donates his time after school supervising elementary students in grades 3-6. He dedicates his time to helping students understand the importance of being well-rounded, being a good citizen and exploring all possibilities for their career choices. Mr. Fyke allows his students to understand their strengths so they can choose the best career path for their future, and even helps them overcome their shortcomings.

He spends an enormous amount of time overseeing extracurricular musical activities such as holiday events, parades and homecoming.

"He constantly moves his students toward excellence, achievement and success," Sisko said.

Comments (4)

Paul Ramos Posted over a year ago

I had the opportunity to work with Barry at a local music store where he gave private lessons after school. Those kids always came in excited and left excited about music, He is a wonderful teacher.

Mite Post Posted over a year ago

Mr. Fyke is always willing to share his knowledge and experiences with his students and colleagues. He is a very patient, caring and insightful educator, a wonderful person all around.

Linda VanCampen Posted over a year ago

Great person to be around and to know.

David Smith Posted over a year ago

Barry is the type of teacher that you remember when you’re older. Only special teachers have this impact